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Stretching, stretching, stretching. Everyone tells you that you should stretch in
order to maintain good muscular health and flexability. Well yes and no. I wil attempt to
There are times when stretching is warranted and other
times when it is not.
When stretching is not warranted:
Immediately following an injury or trauma to a muscle,or group of muscles.
Stretching an already hypermobile muscle (the opposing muscle group may be hypomobile
setting the stage for possible future injury). When the muscle is cold. It has been my
experience, stretching a cold muscle has little or no effect on muscle flexability. In
fact, it may cause the very damage stretching was designed to prevent.
So, when should you stretch? After you have warmed up.
Bring your bodys temperature up to a level where you just start to perspire (beads
of sweat). Or if its a rest day from your workout routine, about 1 hour before bedtime.
Taking the Pain Out
Ten years ago, Adrienne
Bell of Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, was diagnosed with
fibromyalgia, a painful disease of the muscles and connective tissues.
“I ached everywhere I had a muscle,” Adrienne says. “My body
felt like it was totally disintegrating.”
On the advice of her
physician, Adrienne began swimming twice a week for exercise. Though
the swimming did help, her workouts were still painful and she would
have to spend a day in bed every few weeks to recover. “This was the
‘norm’ for five or six years,” she says.
She came across Relìv
quite by accident and, “I thought if it didn’t do me any good, it
shouldn’t do me any harm!” So she tried Relìv Now and within
three weeks had no pain while swimming. “The other aches and pains
started to disappear,” she reports. “My irritable bowel syndrome
and chronic fatigue are now all part of the past. I can live a full
life and do what I want, when I want, without having to allow days in
between to recover from ordinary activities.”
The products have worked
their magic on Adrienne’s daughter, Susanna, as well, who was
diagnosed with fibromyalgia and attention deficit disorder four years
ago. Within eight weeks of starting the products, Susanna blossomed.
“She is taking GNVQ in Leisure and Tourism and recently completed a
Leprechaun Rugby Coaching Award and her RLSS Bronze Medallion. This
would have been totally out of the question a year ago.” Find out
more about this amazing product by visiting: www.relivonline.com/massage.
Soothe Away Jaw Pain
Daily 30-minute "brain treats" help
relieve the hurt and stiffness
source: Prevention Magazine
In a recent study, more than 40 people with
tempromandibular disorder (TMD); a set of conditions that affects the jaw muscles, jaw
joints, and masticatory functioning, reported less jaw pain and greater jaw movement after
practicing stretching exercises or relaxing.
So whether your jaw hurts because you have
TMD, or because youve been grinding or clenching your teeth lately, try what worked
for the study participants.
* Listen to a
relaxation tape or tune in to relaxing music of your choice 30 minutes each day.
* Repeat the
following stretching exercise 10 to 15 times, three times a day: Open your mouth as wide
as you can without causing pain. Hold for 5 seconds, then slowly close. "Its
important to do this when you can focus on the stretch itself, not when your driving to
the store," advises Richard Ohrbach DDS, PhD, assistant professor of oral diagnostic
sciences at the State University of New York in Buffalo, who headed the study.
Note: If you
have pain in front of the ear, pain and clicking in your jaw joints, or extreme difficulty
opening your mouth, check with your doctor before trying this exercise.
For more information on treatment of TMD
contact me at [email protected]
What is Macrobiotics
Courtesy of Macrobiotics
Macrbiotics is the art and science of health and
longevity through the study and understanding of the relation and
interactions between ourselves, the foods we eat, the lifestyles
we choose to lead and the environments in which we live.
The macrobiotic approach is based on the view that we
are the result of and are continually influenced by our total
environment, which ranges form the foods we eat and our daily social
interactions to the climate and geography in which we live.
In considering all factors which influence our lives,
the macrobiotic approach to health and healing views sickness as the
natural attempt of the body to return to a more harmonious and dynamic
state with the natural environment. As what we choose to eat and drink
and how we live our lives are primary environmental factors that
influence our health and create who we are, the macrobiotic approach
emphasizes the importance of proper dietary and lifestyle habits.
The macrobiotic approach is based on principles,
theories and practices that have been known to philosophers, scholars
and physicians throughout history. The term "macrbiotics"
comes from Greek ("macro" meaning large or long and
"bios" meaning life) and was first coined by Hippocrates, the
father of western medicine. Its most recent development stems from
Michio Kushi who was inspired by philospher-writer George Oshawa. George
Oshawa published many works in Japanese, English and French which
combined the western traditions of macrobiotics with 5,000 years of
traditional Oriental medicine.